First Class Foods Inc. ground beef products were recalled because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. An article on Philly.com reports that the beef was produced earlier this month and sold in stores in New Jersey, as well as several other states. (The package labels have the establishment number EST. 18895).
E. coli is a bacterium that can be deadly. It can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in severe cases kidney failure. About 6 to 81 million people become ill from foodborne diseases annually in the United States and about 9,000 die. Young people and senior citizens in particular are very susceptible to food-borne illness.
Food contamination usually occurs during the handling process. Symptoms may appear within a few days after consuming the contaminated food, but some illnesses last longer and are more severe. In some cases people develop a severe type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). In many cases, by the time the contaminated product has been recalled, it’s too late and people have already become ill.
If you or a loved one has become ill from a contaminated food product that has been recalled, you would be well-advised to obtain an experienced Pennsylvania food recall attorney. At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP our lawyers have represented clients in many complex food recall cases. We understand the importance of holding negligent food manufacturers liable for improperly maintained facilities as well as contaminated food products. Call our personal injury law firm today for a free assessment of your case.